Gerald Kloos (nickname: Gerry-Evil-Cola) started to
play drums when he was fourteen. He joined numerous regional bands
in his early years (Static Image, Holey Wood etc.), always with
his unbroken passion towards rock music regardless of 'hipness'
or musical trends.
Gerald and Rolf Munkes, who have been close friends
since 1986, played together in a Darmstadt-based band called Fallacy
from 1989 to1991 (their music may be characterized as progressive
rock with classic elements). In 1998 they resumed their musical
collaboration and released the CD 'No More Obscurity' under Rolf
Munkes's name, which was distributed worldwide 2000.
Since then Gerald has focussed his input on the Empire
project in terms of marketing, web design and of course drumming!
In contrast to the widespread stereotype that drummers are just
stupid timekeepers, Gerald's musical interests have never been limited
to just playing drums. They also include developing innovative changes
in the way drum sets are built (such as Gerry's 'flat-drumshell-concept',
'kick-pedal-speeder', 'anti-snare-buzzer' etc.).